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Many feared trapped in major fire in India's financial capital

Many feared trapped in major fire in India's financial capital
Smoke is seen coming out of a Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) building after a fire broke out, in Mumbai, India July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas   -   Copyright  FRANCIS MASCARENHAS(Reuters)
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MUMBAI (Reuters) – A major fire broke out on Monday in a nine-storey government building in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, with several people feared trapped, fire officials said.

Television channels said nearly 100 people may be trapped in the building that houses the office of state-owned telecoms company MTNL.

“The fire has been confined to the third and fourth floor of the building,” the fire department, which has dispatched 14 fire engines to the site, said in a text message.

A Reuters witness said five or six people were on a balcony on one floor, with some waving white handkerchiefs.

(Reporting by Una Galani and Promit Mukherjee; Editing by Euan Rocha and Clarence Fernandez)

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